Three Worcestershire parklands have been once again ranked among the country’s best after being awarded Green Flag status.
Worcester Woods Country Park, Waseley Hills Country Park in Rubery and St. Wulstan's Local Nature Reserve in Malvern, have each been successful in receiving the award announced today.
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities, said: “This year more than ever, our greenspaces have been a sanctuary for so many so I’m delighted that the hard work of our dedicated staff and volunteers to manage our parklands has been recognised with these awards.
“The Green Flag status is tribute to their efforts to ensure that we make the most of the beautiful countryside Worcestershire has to offer to those who live in the county.”
The parklands join more than 2,000 sites across the country to raise their flags today.
The announcement, normally made in July, was delayed this year due to Covid-19 and while staff and volunteers dealt with challenges that went along with huge numbers of additional visitors.
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, said: “Parks and green spaces have never been more important for the physical and mental health of everyone."
“All the research shows that spending time in good-quality green space can improve people’s health and wellbeing, that is why it is important that they are managed to the recognised standard of the Green Flag Award. This is now something that millions more recognise after the challenges of the past six months. All those involved in the Green Flag Award should be congratulated on their achievement.”
Notes to editors
Worcester Woods Country Park, off Wildwood Drive, Worcester, boasts two nature reserves, a huge open field, busy Countryside Centre with cafe facilities, adventure play area.
Waseley Hills Country Park, in Gannow Green Lane, Rubery, has a picnic area, adventure playground, guided walks and the Windmill Cafe.
St. Wulstan's Local Nature Reserve, off St. Wulstan's Drive (off Assarts Lane), near Great Malvern, is a tranquil wildlife haven lying hidden away on the edge of Malvern Wells covering over 22 hectares and encompasses a surprising network of habitats
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